The Future of Work and Death

The Future of Work and Death

DVD - 2017
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A provocative documentary, where worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death.
Publisher: New York, NY :, First Run Features,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD 303.483 FUT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Apr 11, 2018

It’s not the typical documentary-film presentation of voice-over narration, talking heads and archival film footage that makes this fascinating feature particularly memorable (“clever,” might be a word I’d use for the sly, sometimes comic choices of visuals, including animation produced especially for this feature.). No, it’s the SUBJECT MATTER.

Most people don’t realize we are soon to experience the biggest (most of the world), most important (tens of millions adversely affected) and FASTEST-moving economic/social/political phenomenon in the history of mankind. The mind-boggling dislocation created by tens of millions of people suddenly without work will directly affect most of us in as little as a decade.
The subject matter is the 21st century’s technological revolution within the “workplace”—the technology revolution—and its effects, good, bad and, to a great degree, unknown. Worse, the dislocation resulting from the joblessness won’t be spread over a generation or two. It’ll happen within a few short years.
A dozen or so technologists, futurists, scientists and writers have given it much thought, and share those thoughts. Among them:
“Some of us will seek enlightenment and...keep learning and growing [beyond “work”], but the majority of us don’t care about that...the majority of people just want to do grunt work.”
Agree with that?

How about:
“World wide, we are seeing massive economic growth. That really mans that people in poor countries today will be much better off in the future.”
Believe that?

Five stars for addressing what is sure to be THE issue facing mankind in the next 25 years.
“Work” (what it is, what it will be, and whether most of our grandchildren will ever experience it) is just the first half of this feature-length documentary.

The second hour focuses on our expectations of death. Hints: many of us expect death won’t come until our 90s. Some of us are working hard to delay it for decades beyond that. Oh, boy.

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